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SSgt. Jason Rogers, USMC, 28, inspired by 9/11 / Nick Ehrhardt

SSgt. Jason Rogers, USMC, 28, inspired by 9/11

Jason Rogers (Clarion-Ledger)SSgt. Jason Rogers, USMC, died April 7, 2011, at age 28, while conducting combat operations in Northern Helmand Province, Afghanistan.

According to the family-prepared obituary from the Clarion-Ledger in Jackson, Mississippi, Rogers joined the Marine Corps after the fall of the Twin Towers in New York City on Sept. 11, 2001.

His obit says:

Jason had a calling to make a difference for his country and to defend the freedom that we, all too much, take for granted.

He loved his job and wouldn't trade it for the world. He was deployed on six overseas assignments, five of which were combat deployments in Iraq and Afghanistan. He was a highly decorated Marine not only with his uniform, but in spirit. He was so proud of his country and in the end gave the ultimate sacrifice a soldier can give in honor of it.

His family wrote:

Jason passed away doing what he loved most. He was a true Marine that loved his country.


This post was contributed by Alana Baranick, a freelance obituary writer. She was the director of the Society of Professional Obituary Writers and chief author of Life on the Death Beat: A Handbook for Obituary Writers before she passed away in 2015.